Following a 3-2 showing in a season-opening tournament Saturday, the Woodland volleyball team swept its first tri-match of the year Tuesday, grinding out straight-sets wins over Gordon Central and Dade County.
The Wildcats topped the host Warriors 25-20, 25-20 and knocked off the Wolverines by a 25-22, 25-13 final score.
"Overall, we did not play with as much energy, focus and intensity as we're going to need for the rest of the season," Woodland head coach David Condon said, "but senior leadership helped push us through."
Against Gordon Central, Caroline Gore had nine kills and two aces. Lauren Morris also had two aces, while adding 13 assists and two digs. Grace Webb posted six aces, two assists, two blocks and a kill. Sydney Molinaro finished with four kills, four digs and an ace.
In the sweep of Dade County, Gore added six kills, five aces and three digs; Morris had 14 assists and five aces; and Molinaro chipped in with five kills and the same number of digs to go with a pair of aces.
Woodland will host Chattooga and Murray County in a tri-match beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Canes finish 1-1 at Northwest Whitfield
Cartersville suffered a sweep at the hands of an always talented Northwest Whitfield team, but the Canes bounced back to down North Murray in a tri-match Tuesday.
The Canes fell by a 25-17, 25-16 score to the hosts to open the night.
Lauren Wenzell led the Canes with eight kills and eight digs. She also added three aces. Anna Grace Brock contributed six kills, seven digs and three aces. Halle Matthews totaled four kills and an equal number of blocks. Macey Vaughn dished out 19 assists.
"We battled hard and kept our energy up for the most part," Cartersville head coach Dutch Cothran said. "The second set, we really struggled in serve receive. We started the set [down] 0-10, way too many points to spot a good team like Northwest Whitfield."
Cartersville, though, bounced back with a straight-forward, 25-12, 25-14 victory over North Murray to improve to 2-6 on the season.
Wenzell had eight kills and six aces; Brock chipped in with five kills and four aces; and Vaughn racked up 17 assists.
"We were pretty sharp against North Murray," Cothran said. "It's easy to have a letdown after playing Northwest Whitfield. We've done that here in the past.
"I was proud of the girls' effort. We were able to get some playing time for some of our younger payers, and I feel like they did well too."
The Canes will hold their home opener on Thursday. Cartersville will welcome Bremen and Villa Rica to the Storm Center that night with first serve slated for 5 p.m.
Tigers swept by LFO, Hiram
The Adairsville volleyball team dropped a pair of home matches Tuesday night.
Facing Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe in a non-region matchup, the Tigers fell 25-8, 25-20. They also fell to Hiram by a 25-16, 25-21 final score.
Autumn Henderson posted two blocks against LFO and three against Hiram. Kaydee Huskins contributed three kills against the Hornets.
Adairsville will face Pickens and host Sonoraville in a road tri-match Thursday.